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>> one more. >> mitchell: tonight, u.s. force hunt down a terrorist at work in afghanistan while eight americans die at a remote outpost. as the debate over us policy heats up. i'm russ mitchell. also tonight, millions of doses of h1n1 flu vaccine arrive this week as thousands of health workers fight mandatory vaccination orders. >> i don't want to feel like someone'sing the me what to put into my body. >> mitchell: meet the co-founder of twitter, the instant messaging system that wall street says is worth $1 billion. and the american spirit, an exclusive look at how one man overcame incredible odds to conquer mt. kilimanjaro.
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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with russ mitchell. >> mitchell: and good evening. we begin tonight with the growing debate over the war in afghanistan and today's grim news from the war's front lines. an insurgent attack on two outposts near pakistan has killed eight u.s. soldiers, the biggest american loss in more than a year. the deaths put the u.s. toll this year to 238, the highest annual death toll of the war. american troops have been on the offensive, as well. our mandy clark has been embedded with the u.s. mission in eastern afghanistan. [gunfire] >> reporter: these u.s. troops are hunting down a terrorist network in eastern afghanistan. one of america's most wanted men was once courted by the c.i.a. now he's accused of killing american soldiers. a local tribes leader, haqqani
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is being hunted. so far four weapons caches have been found, detained about seven suspects and even on some missions where they find nothing, it's still a show of force in the heart of haqqani territory. u.s. forces call this network the most dangerous threat to afghan security. >> you know when you're fighting haqqani based on them coming together how committed they are and how close they'll get to you and fight you. >> i got 14 dudes. >> >> reporter: this ph.d.e helicopter gunship video shows haqqani fighters trying escape after an attack on a u.s. base this summer in the eastern paktia province. the apache and troops on the ground hunted them down. all the fighters were killed. >> i was actually the one talking to the apaches at that moment. they did it by the book and made it successful. >> reporter: as winter begins to take hold, the u.s. military
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believes many haqqani fighters in eastern afghanistan will head to neighboring pakistan for more training. >> as he goes away, we're still here working with the people and creating that environment that it's going to look different next year when he comes back. >> reporter: as the traditional fighting season ends, the number of attacks against u.s. forces is expected to fall. so now they will start a different mission, convincing haqqani tribesmen to turn their backs on their leader and set their weapons down. mandy clark, cbs news, eastern afghanistan. >> mitchell: and this weekend's deaths bring the total number of american casualties in afghanistan to 868. as the white house continues to take another look at u.s. strategy, voices from several sides were heard today and the pressure to make a decision is growing. kimberly dozier has more. >> reporter: four soldiers returned from afghanistan to dover late last night, met with silent honors andwaiting loved ones. president obama says these
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rising losses are why he's taking his time deciding his next move there. americans remain divided over afghanistan. a recent cbs news poll shows about one-third want more troops. one-third want the status quo, and about one-third want troops out. the president's war cabinet meets twice again this week to advise him. >> the president should be presented with options, not just one fait accompli. >> reporter: his top commander in afghanistan, general stanley mcchrystal, wants to continue with the counter insurgency strategy, that means protecting the afghan, but it requires up to 40,000 more u.s. troops. a group led by vice president joe biden is backing a pared-down counter-terrorism fight, fewer troops who would target the insurgents and focus less on afghan security. the national security adviser said today the decision will be made in a matter of weeks. >> we have time on the president's schedule. he's going to devote an enormous amount of his time to lead us through this. >> reporter: but any increase in troops is already facing opposition on capitol hill. >> i would not commit to more
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combat troops at this time. we need a surge of afghan troops. >> reporter: support esof general mcchrystal's strategy say training enough afghans take times so americans are needed to fill the gap. >> give the general what he needs. you see you have to have security in afghanistan. you have to have governance in afghanistan. >> reporter: he warns without it the taliban will take back control. >> when i ask general jones, did it necessarily follow that if the taliban comes back, al qaeda comes with them, he said, well, that's hypothetical. what do you think? >> it's like water running downhill. they're going to come back in. >> reporter: now the debate is said to be civil in front of the president, but it gets pretty heated away from him. those in favor of counter-terrorism tell me that committing more american troops risks committing america to a quagmire, but a senior mcchrystal adviser tells me if the president doesn't commit to those troops, he's risking another attack on american soil. russ? >> mitchell: kimberly dozier at the white house, thank you
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very much. a reminder now that our special three-day in-depth series, "afghanistan: the road ahead" begins tomorrow on "the early show" and the "cbs evening news." indonesian officials now say there is little hope of finding more survivors from last week's massive earthquake. the u.n. says that quake killed at least 1,100. hundreds are still missing after the 7.6 magnitude quake on the island of sumatra. cbs news correspondent celia hatton went to the unexplored quake zone to bring us the latest. >> reporter: five days after a pair of deadly earthquakes struck the indonesian island of sumatra, and some are still digging for buried bodies using their bare hands. rescue crews are straining to reach uncharted quake territory. our cbs news crew flew to a remote district north of most aid operations. these soldiers have just landed in an area that's been hit by land slides. no one has visited here yet. the troop works quickly to set up a makeshift landing platform
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for more helicopters to come carrying supplies. the locals are relieved to see help arrive. "we didn't know how we would survive if aid didn't come," admits this woman. 30 people in this small area were killed in the quake, buried under land slides or falling debris. "after the earthquake, everything stopped working, communications and transportation," says this farmer. the farmer's wife was inside this damaged house when the quake struck. "the shaking started and suddenly the house collapsed," she explains. "i ended up lying down on the floor." she escaped but three others in the house were crushed to death. their bodies are still inside because the villagers can't shift the heavy concrete. these provisions have just been dropped off, including instant noodle, high-energy biscuits and tarps. for this young crowd, no time is wasted tearing into the cookie, and for their parents, finally a reminder the outside world hasn't forgotten them. celia hatton, cbs news,
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indonesia. >> mitchell: as we end this first weekend of october, there is news the first doses of the h1n1 vaccine will be released this week. while that is bringing some relief to some americans, it's also helping to ignite a controversy for one group. randall pinkston has more. >> reporter: outside new york's capitol building, health care workers surround -- vowed to fight an unprecedented order from state health care officials. every health care worker in new york must get seasonal and h1n1 flu shots or face the possibility of being fired. this physical therapist is weighing that risk. >> i don't want to feel like someone is telling me what to put into my body. >> reporter: but the state maintains the objective is to reduce the possibility of infecting patients. >> every flu season in new york, for example, we have 160 outbreaks of flu inside health institutions. >> reporter: in past years,
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when vaccination was voluntary, only 40% of the state's 525,000 health care work esgot their shots. >> that's intolerable that a patient should come to the hospital and not know that the health care workers are vaccinated. >> but blueweiss, who plans to give her sob the seasonal vaccine, doesn't trust h1n1 for him or herself. in her 15 years at a large new york hospital, she says she's never got an flu shot and never had the flu. >> it's just outrageous and it's... it feels criminal and it feels anti-american. >> reporter: while new york has the only statewide mandate, a number of private and public hospitals around the nation are also requiring employees to take flu shots, including the 273 facilities of the hospital corporation of america, emory hospital in atlanta, the university of pennsylvania hospital, the university of maryland medical center and loyola university health system in chicago. there's also strong resistance from the general public.
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a new harvard university poll finds only four in ten adults intend to take the vaccine. randall pinkston, cbs news, new york. >> mitchell: for more perspective on the flu vaccine debate, we're joined by our medical correspondent, job, good evening. good to see you. as we just heard from randall, a lot of americans are concerned about the h1n1 vaccine, concerned about safety. do they have a point is this. >> one of the big problems, russ, is that people think this is some kind of an experimental brand-new vaccine. it isn't. this vaccine is being made the exact same way the regular seasonal flu vaccine. is there are no shortcuts. so far they say it's safe and effective, but they'll let us know if that changes. >> as a medical professional, will you give your family the vaccine? >> here's how i think about it. what are the risks of getting a complication from the vaccine, which we know from past experience with seasonal vaccine is very, very tiny, versus what are the risks of getting really sick if you happen to be unlucky enough to get the flu, and the risk of dying if you get the flu is about 1 in 1,000.
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every year 36,000 americans die every year from the flu. so the risk-benefit seeps obvious. the c.d.c. says to get it. they're saying the risk-benefit profile will probably be the same thing for h1n1, so for my kids and my family, they're getting it. >> having said that, i think i know the answer to that, but doctor, how about you? >> it's a no-brainer for health professionals. we have an obligation to stay healthy to take care of our patients, and number two, we can can't be spreading the h1n1 virus and the regular seasonal flu virus to our patients who are sick, especially those people in the hospital who may have compromise immune systems. so i'm definitely getting both the regular seasonal flu vaccine, which by the way i got last week, and the h1n1 when it comes out. >> okay, doctor, thank you so much. and still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," why wall and still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," why wall street gets the october jitters. caused by a completely blocked artery,
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industrial average closed friday at just under 9,500, capping the
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second straight weekly loss, still, the index has shot up 45% since last march, but there are still jitters on wall street because for decades october has given financial markets a wild ride. >> reporter: as if on cue, the first two days in october were marked by a 2% drop in the dow jones industrial average, a jittery start to a month riddled with history and superstition in the financial markets. >> the history suggests october is a scary month legitimately for the markets. >> reporter: last year october saw a 15% decline. the two most dramatic single-day stock crashes in history came in this month, october 29, 1929, the dow dropped 12.8% and on october 19, 1987, the dow dropped a breathtaking 22.6% in a single trading session, but the tenth month has also seen 11 bear market turnarounds. in 2002, a long stot slide cause
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by the dot com bust turned around in october and began a climb upward. >> there are some fundamental things that tend to go on in october that can create extra volatility in the market. >> october's financial jitters date back to the 1800s. at harvest time, money would leave the city's major banks to pay for food and grain. that put the squeeze on the financial markets, making them vulnerable to panics. >> we stopped being an adwrairn society a long time ago, and yet that historic calendar pattern continues. >> in today's markets, october is a critical financial reporting month. >> the reason that october is a little wacky, if you, will is there's so much news in october. it's a time when companies report third-quarter earnings. >> this year analysts and traders are bracing for corporate results. >> october this year is important because we'll find out the truth, and that truth is, if earnings are robust, the recovery is likely on track. if earnings are lackluster, it will be a long, slow road to
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economic health. >> mitchell: a growing california wildfire has charred 3,500 acres in the san gabriel mountains and is only 10% contained. up to 6,000 residents have been ordered to evacuate. the fire is fanned by 35-mile-per-hour winds. three homes have been destroyed. just ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," the man who helped put the tweet in those twitter instant messages. it was a horrible feeling,
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value on the social network twitter at $1 billion, even though the company has yet to make a dime. at the same time, twitter has become a household word, and that's tonight's sunday cover, the rise of twitter and the young man who helped invent it. >> reporter: you started with five tweeters and now you've got something like 40 million? >> a huge number. >> mitchell: in your wildest dreams, did you have any idea this many people would be using twitter? >> i knew that the concept would be huge, but we did not know that it would be adopted so suddenly in under three years.
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that's what's amazing. >> mitchell: here's what else is amazing: jack dorsey was only 29 years old when he invented twitter, and now at 32, it's clear he's helped change the way we communicate. >> you can follow me at twitter at >> mitchell: at its most basic level, twitter is an instant messaging system that allows user to text to a single person or thousands of other users at once, messages nicknamed tweets always begin by answering the question, what are you doing. >> i wouldn't know a twitter from a tweeter, but apparently it is very important. >> mitchell: in fact, many politicians use twitter to communicate with voters. it was even used by protesters during the recent elections in iran to get their message out to the world. >> i'll do the one with the chocolate icing. >> mitchell: and it's really taking off with companies who find it a perfect way to get close to their customers. >> i want my cupcake, and i want
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to know where it's going to be. >> mitchell: like this mobile bakery in new york city. >> we used to get reviews and comments. we use it for anything and everything. >> mitchell: why do you think people like it? >> it makes everything i interact with more human. it makes everything i interact with more approachable. >> mitchell: and dorsey has become a superstar. he was honored last month in his hometown of st. louis, where he spoke at webster university, got the key to the city from the mayor, and threw out the first pitch at the st. louis cardinals' game. dorsey says his proudest moment came during president obama's speech to congress during this year as lawmakers gave their own running commentary via twitter during the address, and yet much of twitter involves the mundane, a stream of updates about life's little moments. >> do i really need know that joe in seattle is having oatmeal for breakfast this morning?
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is there such a thing as too much information? >> there is, but the best thing about this technology is it's completely recipient controlled. i'm having oatmeal and joe is having oat meet, it's meaningless to the rest of the world, but it's meaningful to my mom. even for someone like barack obama to update, "i'm eating oatmeal," it makes him human. small details of life bring him down everyone else's level and allows people to relate to him. >> jack dorsey says he came up with twitter because he was always fascinated by maps and how cities function. he remains chairman of twitter but says he'll announce plans for a new company later this year. we'll be back. uh-- what?
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we are celebrating the enduring spirit of individual americans. tonight we focus on chris waddle 21 years after he was paralyzed in a skiing accident. waddle took on the most grueling challenge of his life. karen brown now on the american spirit in action. >> reporter: with brute force and unyielding determination, chris waddle triumphed over mt. kilimanjaro. >> it's just sort of a sense of
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astonishment. >> reporter: it was a grueling seven-day climb for the 41-year-old paraplegic. on a custom-made, four-wheel mountain bike with just his arms and his courage, at times only moving a foot a minute up the 19,340-foot mountain. via phone from tanzania, he compared it to drowning a few feet from shore. it looks absolutely physically brutal. >> you feel like you're just digging trenches and not going anywhere. >> reporter: sometimes assisted by a winch, other times helped by a team of 50 who used words like railroad tracks to give him traction, he trained for two years in colorado and told us before he left he was ready, but less than 2,000 feet from the summit, this paraolympic champion hit a field of boulders even he couldn't get over. instead of turning back, he made a tough choice and asked to be carried for just 100 feet, but that meant he wouldn't become the first paraplegic to do it
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entirely on his own. was there a moment of heartbreak? >> there was that sense of heartbreak and a sense of a little bit of defeat at that point, but i think it was... the idea was to make it to the top. >> reporter: waddle survived the equally difficult trip down. >> going down is so punishing. >> reporter: he kept going for himself and for children like this nine-year-old who are helped by his one revolution foundation and his example. he wants people to see past the limitations to the possibilities. >> people look at the next person with the disability that they see and it's not matter of, oh, that's too bad. you can do whatever you want i guess is what i'm saying. >> reporter: he climbed to the tallest peek in africa to be heard. karen brown, cbs news, new york. >> mitchell: truly amazing that. is the "cbs evening news." i'm russ mitchell. katie is here tomorrow. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by
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